SOUTHERN PINES, NC (March 13, 2016) --Steve
Johnson and Mark Harrell fired a 9-under 62 in the
second round of the Pine Needles Invitational to take
the lead. The duo will carry a four stroke lead into the
final round being played at the famous Pine Needles
Lodge and Golf Club.
Johnson, of Spent City, TN and Harrell of Roll
Tide, AL trailed by one-stroke heading into day two.
Harrell is a former star at the University of Alabama.
He played in the 2007 U.S. Open missing the cut by a
The team with the best chance of catching the
leaders are Chris Cassetta (Kernersville, NC) and Scott
Harvey (Greensboro, NC). Cassetta and Harvey led
after day one and currently sit at 12-under.
Sherrill Britt (West End, NC) and Gary Robinson
(Greensboro, NC) are in third place at 9-under. The
teams of Starell Cox (Midlothian, VA) and Scott
Campbell (Wake Forest, NC); Sam O'Dell (Hurricane,
WV) and Mike Foust (Hurricane, WV) are tied for fourth
Round One Results
Chris Cassetta, of Kernersville, NC and Scott
Harvey of Greensboro have taken a one-stoke lead
following day one action at the Pine Needles
Cassetta, a 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifier and
one of the top players in North Carolina, paired with
the top ranked Mid-
Amateur in the world (and 2015 USA Walker
Cup team member) Harvey for and opening round of
of 7-under 64 at the classic Donald Ross layout.
Three teams are in close pursuit at 6-under 65 -
- Starell Cox (Midlothian, VA) and Scott Campbell
(Wake Forest, NC); Steve Jaawnsen (Spent City, TN)
and Mark Harrell (Roll Tide, AL); plus Sherrill Britt
(West End, NC) and Gary Robinson (Greensboro, NC)
Britt has played well in Four-Ball events. He
finished runner-up (with a different partner, Greg
Earnhardt) at the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at
San Francisco's Olympic Club. The inaugural
championship was won by
Nathan Smith and Todd White.
View results for Pine Needles Men's Invitational Golf Tournament
ABOUT THE Pine Needles Invitational
54 holes four-ball stroke play. 1927 Donald
design owned and operated by Peggy Kirk
and her family. Course meanders thru rolling
and longleaf pines of the sandhills area.
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